TAMPA, Fla. - In an executive order, Governor Ron DeSantis said the first phase of vaccine administration will prioritize long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older, and health care personnel with direct patient contact.
- priority group age 65 years old and older
- frontline healthcare workers
What you need to be vaccinated in Hillsborough County:
- An appointment, which is mandatory for residents age 65 and older to get the first of two vaccine injections.
Hillsborough County is partnering with the state of Florida in operating a drive-thru vaccination site at University Mall, 2200 E. Fowler Avenue in Tampa for seniors age 65 and older and front-line health care workers. Appointments are mandatory. No walk-ups will be accepted.
Note: Anyone who previously received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a different location will return to that location to receive their second dose.
How to get an appointment:
To request an appointment please call 1-866-200-3896 or TTY 1-833-476-1029.
While Hillsborough County currently does not have access to the number of vaccines being distributed by hospitals and private health care systems, additional vaccination efforts are underway in this community. Qualified individuals under Phase I of the governor of Florida's vaccination distribution plan are also encouraged to check with their health care provider as they may be able to provide a vaccine.
The Department of Health - Hillsborough County said as it receives sufficient supplies and is able to announce detailed distribution plans, updates will be posted at HCFLGov.net/Vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida:
On December 23, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-315, which states: During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff;
- persons 65 years of age and older;
- and health care personnel with direct patient contact.
Hospitals, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
Governor DeSantis also announced that in addition to hospitals, county health departments will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older in the coming weeks as supply permits. Each county health department will work directly with their community partners to notify the community when vaccine doses are available and will provide information about what will be needed to register for vaccination.
If you feel sick:
The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to email@example.com. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
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